Eurovision Song Contest 2004

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The Eurovision Song Contest 2004 was the 49th Eurovision Song Contest and it was held in the Abdi ?pekçi Arena in Istanbul, Turkey. This was the first occasion in which the contest was held in Turkey after they had won the competition in 2003 with Sertab Erener singing "Everyway That I Can". The hosting national broadcaster of the contest was Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT).

Ukrainian singer Ruslana won the contest with "Wild Dances". It is notable that this was only Ukraine's second participation in the contest. This was also the third year in a row in which the contest was won by a woman, performing a song composed at least partially by herself (being the previous two Marie N and Sertab Erener, which co-wrote their winning songs for the 2002 and 2003 contests). 2nd Place went to Serbia & Montenegro in their debut entry, 3rd to Greece, 4th to host nation Turkey, 5th to Cyprus (being their most successful entry to date) and Sweden and 7th to Albania (also a debuting country).

To accommodate the increasing number of countries who wished to participate, a semi-final was introduced. For the second consecutive year, no returning acts were present - only the sixth time (including 1956) in the history of the contest that this happened and it was the first time this had happened in two consecutive years.

Hosts

The contest was held in Istanbul following Turkey's victory in the 2003 contest in Riga, Latvia with Sertab Erener's "Everyway That I Can". Originally the Mydonose Showland was chosen by TRT to host the event, but was changed to the Abdi ?pekçi Arena as the contest approached due to its bigger capacity.<ref name="Decade" />

Korhan Abay and Meltem Cumbul were presenters of the show.

In the semi-final and the final, Meltem Cumbul warmed up the audience with a sing-a-long of Eurovision classic "Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)", originally by Domenico Modugno. Sertab Erener returned to the stage in the final to perform "Everyway That I Can", the 2003 winning song, and one of her new songs called "Leave". Sertab also interviewed contestants in the green room. The Turkish dance ensemble Fire of Anatolia performed as the interval act.<ref name="Decade">Template:Cite web</ref> An official CD was released and, for the first time, the entire contest was released on DVD which included the Semi-Final and the Grand Final.

Firsts

The contest's new official generic logo was used for the first time this year, with the heart-shaped flag in the centre due to be changed for future contests. The slogan for Istanbul's contest was "Under The Same Sky", which communicated the importance of a united Europe and Turkish integration.

This year was also notable as it was the first year that Turkey voted for Cyprus and the second year in a row that Cyprus voted for Turkey. Nevertheless, in a move that angered some Cypriots, when the country presented its votes no map of the island was shown (all other presenters were preceded with their country being highlighted on a map). This was due to Turkey's recognition of the northern half of the island as an independent republic (not recognised by any other state). It is likely Turkey pulled out of showing the map because it would have only highlighted the southern portion of the island, and thus angered the international community.<ref name="Decade" />

This was also the first year that the scores were only re-read by the hosts in one language. Before 2004 every point was repeated in French and English, but due to 36 countries voting, and more in years to come, in 2004 to save time the hosts only re-read each score in one language. This was in the opposite of the original country representative spoke in.

Also, this year was the first time in which a non-winning entry scored over 200 points. Prior to this contest, only Rock 'n' Roll Kids and Love Shine a Light, the winners on 1994 and 1997 had passed this mark. On this contest, all songs in the top 3 got over 200 points.

Participating countries

This year's Eurovision contest was the first to be a two-day event, with one qualifying round held on a Wednesday and the grand final held on the following Saturday. Under this new format, byes into the final were given to the 'Big 4'; France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom (as the largest financial contributors to the European Broadcasting Union) and the ten highest placed finishers in the 2003 contest. Andorra, Albania, Belarus and Serbia and Montenegro participated in the Contest for the first time, with Monaco returning after a 25-year absence. Luxembourg were due to return after an absence of 11 years, but later pulled out after money issues arose between RTL and the EBU. All participating countries had the right to vote in both the qualifying round and the grand final. This was the first year in which all 36 participating countries voted based on a public phone vote. However France, Poland and Russia did not broadcast the semi-final (as they were not participating in it) and therefore did not give votes for it like the other thirty-three countries.

Problems

Just before the Slovenian entry was about to be performed, the Turkish broadcaster accidentally took a commercial break which meant the Slovenian song was not heard by Turkish viewers and consequently, Turkey gave no votes for the song.<ref name="Decade" /> There were technical problems when in a short hiatus halfway through the songs, (used for the advertising break), the hosts tried to contact various parties in Europe. They tried contacting Germany, Spain and Turkey, but in the end were only able to get a response from Germany. During the Romanian postcard introduction, the information for the Romanian entry appeared on the screen, but was quickly taken away. A final minor hiccup occurred when, on her way to present the winner the trophy, Sertab Erener got her shoe stuck in a speaker grill by the side of the stage and had to be freed by stagehands. However this didn't delay proceedings, and other than the above the show ran smoothly.

An hour after the semi-final had been aired, the European Broadcasting Union discovered that there had been problems with the vote counting in Monaco and Croatia. Digame, an affiliate of Deutsche Telekom, who had been responsible for processing all the votes, reported that they had encountered problems with their calculation software, and there was a problem with text message voting in Croatia. When the votes were counted, results showed that Croatia had awarded themselves 4 points, which is against Eurovision rules. Later, an official EBU statement read that there had been technical problems at the side of the Croatian mobile service provider, who neglected to delete the illegal votes from the results. Consequently, some votes were not counted in the results announced at the end of the broadcast of the semi-final. When the results were corrected to include these additional votes, they were found not to have affected which countries had qualified for the Final.<ref name="Decade" />

Format

Voting structure

Every country in the competition, including those who did not qualify for the final, were allowed to vote for other countries. After all performances were completed, each country opened their phone lines to allow their viewers to vote for their favourite song. Voting for the country in which you are situated is not allowed, however. Each country awarded points based on the number of votes cast for each song: the song which received the most viewer votes was awarded 12 points, the second 10 points, the third 8 points and then 7, 6, 5, etc. down to 1.

In the event of a tie, the number of countries to vote for the tying songs would be counted, and the song having the most countries awarding points to it, would be the winner. In the event of a further tie, then the previously used method of counting back on the number of 12 points, 10 points etc., would be used to find an eventual winner.

Results

Semi-final

The semi-final was held on 12 May 2004 at 21:00 (CET). 22 countries performed and all participants voted except France, Poland and Russia. This was the first ever semi-final in Eurovision history.

Shaded countries qualified for the Eurovision Final

Draw Country Language<ref name=Languages>Template:Cite web</ref> Artist Song English translation Place Points
01 Template:Esc English Jari Sillanpää "Takes 2 to Tango" 14 51
02 Template:Esc English Aleksandra and Konstantin "My Galileo" 19 10
03 Template:Esc English Piero and the MusicStars "Celebrate" 22 0
04 Template:Esc Latvian Fomins and Kleins "Dziesma par laimi" A Song About Happiness 17 23
05 Template:Esc English, Hebrew David D'Or "Leha'amin" (??????) To Believe 11 57
06 Template:Esc Catalan Marta Roure "Jugarem a estimar-nos" We'll Be Playing at Loving Each Other 18 12
07 Template:Esc Portuguese Sofia Vitória "Foi magia" It Was Magic 15 38
08 Template:Esc English Julie and Ludwig "On Again... Off Again" 8 74
09 Template:Esc French Maryon "Notre planète" Our Planet 19 10
10 Template:Esc English Sakis Rouvas "Shake It" 3 238
11 Template:Esc English, Ukrainian Ruslana "Wild Dances" 2 256
12 Template:Esc English Linas and Simona "What's Happened To Your Love?" 16 26
13 Template:Esc English Anjeza Shahini "The Image of You" 4 167
14 Template:Esc English Lisa Andreas "Stronger Every Minute" 5 149
15 Template:Esc English Toše Proeski "Life" 10 71
16 Template:Esc English Platin "Stay Forever" 21 5
17 Template:Esc Võro Neiokõsõ "Tii" Path 11 57
18 Template:Esc English Ivan Mikuli? "You Are The Only One" 9 72
19 Template:Esc English Thomas Thordarson "Shame on You" 13 56
20 Template:Esc Serbian Željko Joksimovi? & Ad Hoc Orchestra "Lane moje" (???? ????) My Sweetheart 1 263
21 Template:Esc English Deen "In the Disco" 7 133
22 Template:Esc English Re-Union "Without You" 6 146

A new ABBA video was shown in the semi final, briefly outlining how ABBA started and what the response was of the first record company the approached. It featured small puppets of the band performing snippets of their songs (the voices being the ones of the band) and featured Rik Mayall as the record company manager.<ref name="Decade" /> This was cut from the Eurovision Song Contest DVD and released separately. References to the video that were made running up to the showing of it were also cut.

Final

The finalists were:

  • the four automatic qualifiers France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom;
  • the top 10 countries from the 2003 contest (other than the automatic qualifiers);
  • the top 10 countries from the 2004 semi-final.

The final was held on 15 May 2004 at 21:00 (CET) and was won by Ukraine.

Countries in bold automatically qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 Final.

Draw Country Language<ref name=Languages/> Artist Song English translation Place Points
01 Template:Esc Spanish Ramón "Para llenarme de ti" To Fill Myself With You 10 87
02 Template:Esc German Tie Break "Du bist" You Are 21 9
03 Template:Esc English Knut Anders Sørum "High" 24 3
04 Template:Esc French, Spanish Jonatan Cerrada "À chaque pas" With Every Step 15 40
05 Template:Esc Serbian Željko Joksimovi? & Ad Hoc Orchestra "Lane moje" (???? ????) My Sweetheart 2 263
06 Template:Esc English Julie and Ludwig "On Again... Off Again" 12 50
07 Template:Esc English Re-Union "Without You" 20 11
08 Template:Esc English, Turkish Max "Can't Wait Until Tonight" 8 93
09 Template:Esc English Anjeza Shahini "The Image of You" 7 106
10 Template:Esc English, Ukrainian Ruslana "Wild Dances" 1 280
11 Template:Esc English Ivan Mikuli? "You Are The Only One" 12 50
12 Template:Esc English Deen "In the Disco" 9 91
13 Template:Esc English Xandee "1 Life" 22 7
14 Template:Esc English Julia Savicheva "Believe Me" 11 67
15 Template:Esc English Toše Proeski "Life" 14 47
16 Template:Esc English Sakis Rouvas "Shake It" 3 252
17 Template:Esc English Jónsi "Heaven" 19 16
18 Template:Esc English Chris Doran "If My World Stopped Turning" 23 7
19 Template:Esc English, Spanish Blue Café "Love Song" 17 27
20 Template:Esc English James Fox "Hold On to Our Love" 16 29
21 Template:Esc English Lisa Andreas "Stronger Every Minute" 5 170
22 Template:Esc English Athena "For Real" 4 195
23 Template:Esc English Sanda "I Admit" 18 18
24 Template:Esc English Lena Philipsson "It Hurts" 5 170

Voting during the final

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      Score sheet

      Semi-final

      Televoting Results
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      13px Finland 51 7 1 6 7 3 5 3 6 2 3 8
      Belarus 10 2 1 2 5
      Switzerland 0
      Latvia 23 4 5 4 2 6 2
      Israel 57 3 5 1 2 3 3 2 1 2 4 2 2 3 6 2 7 5 4
      Andorra 12 12
      Portugal 38 12 4 7 6 1 8
      Malta 74 5 6 4 1 4 10 5 1 1 1 6 2 7 7 4 3 4 1 2
      Monaco 10 4 2 4
      Greece 238 8 12 5 5 10 8 3 10 12 10 3 4 7 5 12 6 2 12 6 8 6 4 7 12 6 5 8 12 4 4 12 10
      Ukraine 256 10 3 4 7 8 12 2 8 8 6 6 12 10 8 7 7 8 10 10 10 12 10 5 8 10 7 7 12 7 6 8 8
      Lithuania 26 2 7 2 3 1 8 3
      Albania 167 6 7 6 5 10 6 1 8 7 1 2 6 6 8 7 5 4 4 5 3 12 8 5 8 2 6 7 5 6 1
      Cyprus 149 2 6 6 6 1 2 4 5 6 1 7 10 12 2 8 3 8 4 3 12 5 10 4 3 1 3 3 5 7
      Macedonia 71 8 2 8 5 12 3 1 4 5 1 1 4 2 6 3 6
      Slovenia 5 1 3 1
      Estonia 57 1 4 12 1 7 10 12 1 5 1 3
      Croatia 72 8 10 7 6 5 5 1 3 1 6 4 1 7 8
      Denmark 56 3 3 3 4 5 12 10 2 6 2 5 1
      Serbia and Montenegro 263 1 4 12 12 7 10 12 10 12 10 8 10 8 10 12 6 8 1 4 7 10 4 12 10 10 10 12 12 7 12
      Bosnia and Herzegovina 133 10 10 3 8 7 7 12 4 10 7 5 8 12 10 10 10
      Netherlands 146 7 3 2 12 5 4 1 5 2 8 8 5 3 3 6 4 12 7 5 5 2 8 3 7 2 6 3 2 2 4
      Rows are ordered by appearance, columns are ordered by voting order.

      12 points

      Below is a summary of all 12 points in the semi-final:

      N. Contestant Voting nation
      9 Serbia and Montenegro Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Germany, Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine
      7 Greece Albania, Cyprus, Israel, Malta, Romania, Turkey, United Kingdom
      4 Ukraine Belarus, Estonia, Lithuania, Portugal
      2
      Bosnia and Herzegovina Denmark, Norway
      Cyprus Greece, Monaco
      Estonia Finland, Latvia
      Netherlands Belgium, Ireland
      1
      Albania Macedonia
      Andorra Spain
      Denmark Iceland
      Macedonia Serbia and Montenegro
      Portugal Andorra

      Final

      Televoting Results
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      13px Spain 87 12 7 2 6 7 2 8 3 8 1 3 1 3 4 1 12 5 2
      Austria 9 4 5
      Norway 3 3
      France 40 7 1 10 4 12 2 4
      Serbia and Montenegro 263 2 7 12 12 3 7 12 10 10 7 1 6 10 10 3 8 12 3 7 7 2 5 1 10 6 10 6 5 7 8 10 12 12 8 12
      Malta 50 6 3 1 1 6 2 1 2 6 4 4 6 3 3 1 1
      Netherlands 11 6 3 2
      Germany 93 2 10 3 10 2 12 7 4 1 4 1 7 3 1 6 8 4 3 5
      Albania 106 5 4 1 7 8 5 4 3 1 1 10 6 2 4 1 12 10 1 3 1 7 4 6
      Ukraine 280 10 5 4 6 5 10 10 8 6 5 12 8 8 2 5 7 8 7 12 12 12 12 6 8 8 7 7 12 10 6 12 10 8 12
      Croatia 50 3 10 5 3 5 1 1 5 5 5 7
      Bosnia and Herzegovina 91 10 7 5 6 8 10 4 4 2 10 8 10 7
      Belgium 7 1 1 5
      Russia 67 12 1 6 8 4 2 6 8 10 10
      Macedonia 47 6 8 1 12 5 1 7 4 3
      Greece 252 8 12 2 5 8 6 4 7 12 7 3 5 7 6 6 12 7 5 10 6 10 7 10 7 12 6 2 7 6 12 7 4 6 10 8
      Iceland 16 2 2 5 5 2
      Ireland 7 7
      Poland 27 2 4 1 4 3 7 1 5
      United Kingdom 29 1 4 8 2 3 4 2 2 1 2
      Cyprus 170 4 6 4 8 2 3 8 6 7 3 7 5 10 12 4 10 3 10 5 4 2 7 8 4 4 3 3 6 6 1 1 4
      Turkey 195 3 8 8 7 12 3 8 2 4 12 10 2 5 12 6 6 3 1 2 5 3 2 8 6 12 8 8 10 8 5 6
      Romania 18 3 10 1 4
      Sweden 170 5 4 1 2 2 4 4 5 3 12 10 5 12 3 8 12 5 8 6 8 2 5 12 10 5 7 3 2 3 2
      Rows are ordered by appearance, columns are ordered by voting order.

      12 points

      Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:

      N. Contestant Voting nation
      8 Ukraine Estonia, Israel, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Turkey
      7 Serbia and Montenegro Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovenia, Ukraine
      5 Greece Albania, Cyprus, Malta, Romania, United Kingdom
      4 Sweden Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway
      Turkey Belgium, Germany, France, Netherlands
      2 Spain Andorra, Portugal
      1 Albania Macedonia
      Cyprus Greece
      France Monaco
      Germany Spain
      Macedonia Serbia and Montenegro
      Russia Belarus

      Marcel Bezençon Awards

      The Marcel Bezençon Awards were first handed out during the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 in Tallinn, Estonia honoring the best competing songs in the final. Founded by Christer Björkman (Sweden's representative in the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest and current Head of Delegation for Sweden) and Richard Herrey (member of the Herreys, Eurovision Song Contest 1984 winner from Sweden), the awards are named after the creator of the annual competition, Marcel Bezençon.<ref name="Bezençon">Template:Cite web</ref> The awards are divided into 3 categories; Press Award; Artistic Award; and Composer Award.<ref name="Marchel">Template:Cite web</ref>

      Category Country Song Performer(s) Composer(s) Final result Points
      Artists Award
      (Voted by previous winners)
      Template:Esc "Wild Dances" Ruslana Oleksandr Ksenofontov
      Ruslana Lyzhychko
      1st 280
      Composer Award Template:Esc "Stronger Every Minute" Lisa Andreas Mike Konnaris (m & l) 5th 170
      Press Award Template:Esc "Lane moje" (???? ????) Željko Joksimovi? Željko Joksimovi? 2nd 263

      Commentators

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      • Template:Esc - Leon Menkshi (TVSH)
      • Template:Esc - Meri Picart & Josep Lluís Trabal (RTVA)
      • Template:Esc - Andi Knoll (ORF2), Martin Blumenau (Final - Hitradio Ö3)
      • Template:Esc - Ales Kruglyakou (Belarus 1)
      • Template:Esc - Dutch: André Vermeulen and Bart Peeters (VRT TV1), Julien Put and Michel Follet (Final - VRT Radio 2), French: Jean-Pierre Hautier (La Une),<ref name="songcontest.free.fr">Template:Cite web</ref> Patrick Duhamel and Serges Otthiers (Final - La Première)
      • Template:Esc - Dejan Kukric (BHTV1)
      • Template:Esc - Aleksandar "Aco" Kostadinov
      • Template:Esc - Evi Papamichail (RIK 1)
      • Template:Esc - Jørgen de Mylius (DR1)
      • Template:Esc - Marko Reikop
      • Template:Esc - Markus Kajo and Asko Murtomäki (YLE TV2), Sanna Kojo & Jorma Hietamäki (YLE Radio Suomi)
      • Template:Esc - Laurent Ruquier and Elsa Fayer (Final - France 3),<ref name="songcontest.free.fr"/> Jean-Luc Delarue (Final - France Bleu)

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      • Template:Esc - Willem van Beusekom and Cornald Maas (Nederland 2), Hijlco Span and Ron Stoeltie (Radio 3)
      • Template:Esc - Jostein Pedersen (NRK1)
      • Template:Esc - Artur Orzech (TVP1)
      • Template:Esc - Eládio Clímaco (RTP1)
      • Template:Esc - Andreea Demirgian (TVR2)
      • Template:Esc - Yuri Aksyuta and Yelena Batinova (Channel One)
      • Template:Esc - Duška Vu?ini?-Lu?i? & Mladen Popovi? (RTS1), Dražen Baukovi? & Tamara Ivankovi? (TVCG2)
      • Template:Esc - Andrea F
      • Template:Esc - Beatriz Pécker (TVE1)
      • Template:Esc - Pekka Heino (SVT1), Carolina Norén (SR P3)
      • Template:Esc - German: Sandra Studer (SF2), French: Jean-Marc Richard (TSR2), Italian: Daniela Tami and Claudio Lazzarino (TSI 1)
      • Template:Esc - Bülend Özveren and Didem Tolunay (TRT 1), Ümit Tunça?, Osman Erkan and Gül?ah Banda (Final - TRT Radyo 3)
      • Template:Esc - Rodion Pryntsevsky (First National TV Channel),
      • Template:Esc - Paddy O'Connell (Semi-Final - BBC Three), Terry Wogan (Final - BBC One), Ken Bruce (Final - BBC Radio 2)

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      Spokespersons

      Each country appointed a spokesperson to announce the points of each country.

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      References

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